Oct 8, 2012 11:00am PDT
from a discovery he started researching in 2006. shinya yamanaka conducted his research here and in japan. the president of the institute and other researchers held a video conference with yamanaka who is still in japan this morning. his prize is in medicine and for his discovery that human skin cells can be reprogrammed so they can take on the properties of any other cells of the body. it was kind of difficult to hear yamanaka this morning. he said he was thankful for all the support he's received here. >> i think i'm very lucky because i was able to join them 30 years ago. >> this was a revolution in biology. no one thought it worked this way. that with just turn ag few switches you could create such a profound change in the identity of the cell, and this swept the world. >> reporter: these are pictures given to us by ucsf this morning. the potential benefits, researchers say, include better drug discovery, tailoring of the right medicine to the right patient and improved regenerative medicine, particularly for the heart, the brain, the retina, even diseases like alzheimer'
Oct 8, 2012 7:00pm EDT
yamanaka. >> suarez: the two scientists are from two different generations and celebrated today's announcement half a world apart. but today they were celebrated together for their research that led to a ground-breaking understanding of how cells work. sir john gurdon of cambridge university was awarded for his work in 1962. he was able to use specialized cells of frogs, like skin or intestinal cells, to generate new tad poles and show d.n.a. could drive the formation of cells in the body. 40 years later dr. shinya yamanaka built on that and went further. he was able to turn mature cells back into their earliest form as primitive cells. those cells are in many ways the equivalent of embryonic stem cells because they have the potential to develop into specialized cells. for heart, liver and other organs. dr. shinya yamanaka is currently working at kyoto university. embryonic stem cells have had to be harvested from human embryos, a source of debate and considerably controversy. for gurdon the prize at special meaning. at a news conference in london he recalled one school teacher'
Oct 8, 2012 9:00am EDT
gurdon -- >> gurdon. >> what did i say? >> gored. >> and japanese scient shinya yamanaka -- [ laughter ] >> will share the prize for medicine. both have done work, it's serious, discovering how matured cells in the body can be harvested and turned into stem cells. those stem cells in turn are being used to create replacement tissue for damaged parts of the body. long before dolly the sheep was cloned, remember dolly? gurdon-- >> isn't it gurdon? yes, it's g-u-r-d-o-n. >> i want to call him gordon, i'm sorry. used frog cells to create new tad poles. last week japanese scientists used yamanaka's approach to use mice cells to produce baby mice. >> on the screen it's different. >> i made it funny with -- >> tell us which is correct. we have it two different ways. competely different. >> let's talk about john. >> let's talk about john. >> the same work, however, the year that yamanaka was born was the first time john gurdon came up with this. they worked on it independently. you can tell this work has been going on for a long time. congratulations to both of them. >> boeing of them. >>> a l
Oct 8, 2012 12:00pm PDT
this morning and they are excited about it. the bay area professor is shinya yamanaka, a native of japan. he and a british researcher won for their discovery that mature specialized cells in the body can be reprogrammed to become any kind of cell. the committee said the winners have shown that specialized cells can turn back the developmental clock under certain circumstances and also said the discoveries will provide new tools for scientists around the world. this morning, a colleaguof the bay area winner explained more about the significance. >> it's a major breakthrough because it removes some ethical issues using human embryonic stem cells and opens a new host of things that we can do and ways to understand human disease using these new stem cells that we couldn't even dream of before. >> the medicine award was the first nobel prize to be announced this year. >>> good gourd! the pumpkin that triumphs all others pumpkins at this year's half moon bay weigh-off. >> that thing is a mess! ! hey, folks, we have clouds off the coastline with showers coming up. a privately- owned rocket tk off l
Oct 8, 2012 5:00am PDT
is shinya yamanaka a native of japan. he and a british researcher won their discovery that mature specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed to be any kind of cell. the winners have shown that specialized can turn back the developmental clock under certain circumstances and also said the discoveries will provide new tools for scientists around the world. >>> voters in venezuela have given president hugo chavez a new six-year term. he overcame a challenge from a moderate candidate. more than 80% of eligible voters went to the polls and thousands living abroadcast ballots at diplomatic offices including the consulate in new orleans. >>> 5:19. a volunteer recall of all the products by that pharmacy at the center of the deadly meningitis outbreak. new england compounding center says the move is being taken as a precaution because of all the risk of potential contamination. the centers for disease control says there are now more than 90 confirmed cases and seven deaths from a rare form of fungal meningitis linked to steroids from that new england company. >>> police in colorado
Oct 8, 2012 5:00am EDT
of stockholm. the 2012 nobel prize for medicine was just announced moments ago. john b. gurden and yamanaka were just warded the nobel prize for medicine. the cells that can become pluripotent. now along with the prestigious award, the winners will also receive a monetary prize. this year the nobel foundation is feeling the effects of the world economy, lowering the payout by 20% to $1.2 million. i'm live at the news desk, tony tull, news 4. >>> 5:47 now. a developing story in bladensburg, maryland. this morning a man is recovering after being shot by police. officers were called to 55th avenue around 7:00 last night to talk to a woman who reported being threatened. shortly after police got to the scene there, an officer says a man with a knife approached him outside. >> the officer confronted the suspect, gave him several verbal commands, and ordered him to drop the knivment the suspect refused to comply with those orders and, in fact, advanced on the officer. the officer, fearing for his life, fired his issued firearm and struck the suspect. >> police say the suspect suffered nonlife-thre
Oct 8, 2012 6:00am EDT
is was just announced. british researcher gurden and yamanaka of japan got the medical prize. they learned cells can be programmed into cells that can become any cell in the body. they'll take home a $1.2 million prize for their achievement, though that's a 20% reduction. the nobel prize for physics on tuesday, followed by literature on thursday, and the peace prize will be announced on friday. live at the news desk, tony tull, news 4. >>> police are trying to figure out what led to a brawl between two wedding parties at a philadelphia hotel. the fight ended with one man dead, several people hurt, and at least four people arrested. a sheraton hotel guest shot this video with his cell phone and posted it on youtube. you can see several police officers clash with some of the wedding guests. police say at least 75, maybe 100 people were fighting by the time they got there. >> just started punching each other and hitting each other. >> and some of the video, it looks like the bride, one of the brides may have been punched as well. we're told the uncle of one of the brides suffered a heart atta
Oct 8, 2012 6:00pm EDT
earned scientists the nobelrize p in medicine today. john gurdob and shinya yamanaka said mature cells can be turned into new tissue. the nobel committee said they revolutionized the understanding of how cells develop. scientists are now using their research to treat diseases, including par kin sons and diabetes. >>> big celebrations today in venezuela following the re-election of hugo chavez. the controversial leader is set to rule that oil-rich country for another six years. but as nbc's carey sanders reports, opposition by his own people is stronger than ever. >> reporter: fireworks filled the skies. as the street fight continued well into the early morning hours. a chavez victory say supporters means his brand of socialism is here to stay. >> we're living socially. >> reporter: hugo chavez, 58 years old, a star among the poor in south america, was himself surrounded by a hollywood star sunday, actor danny glover. a chavez supporter. for almost 14 years, the revolution has captured the imagination of the core here, in large part because he's taken this nation's oil wealth and used i
Oct 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
prize for medicine this year, shinnia yaum kno -- shinya yamanaka and john gurdon. it is the first nobel prize to be announced this year. the physics award will be announced tuesday, tomorrow. chemistry will be announced wednesday. literature on thursday and then the nobel peace prize on friday. >> brilliant minds at work, love it. it is 6:12. if you're just waking up with us, we want to give you a quick check on the top stories. governor jerry brown signing an emergency order to try to deal with all the rising gas prices. this will make winter blend gasoline available three weeks ahead of schedule. the cheaper gas is less environmentally friendly but should increase the supply enough to hopefully bring those prices down. >>> president obama is in san francisco today for a quick appearance and fund-raiser. he'll be at the bill graham civic auditorium for a dinner and concert tonight. the event is sold out with the most expensive tickets selling for $7500. >>> an a vigil will be held tonight in hercules for a woman who was found dead inside her home friday. police say susie ko was killed
Oct 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
for medicine, shinya yamanaka a native of japan. he and a british researcher won for their discovery that mature specialized cells of the body can be reprogrammed to become any kind of cell. the committee said the winners have shown that specialized can turn back the developmental clock under certain circumstances and it also said the discoveries will provide new tools for scientists around the world. this morning a colleague of the bay area winner explained more about the significance. >>> it's a major breakthrough because it removes many of the ethical issues about the use of human embryonic stem cells and opens a whole host of things to understand human disease using these new stem cells that we couldn't even dream of before. >> the medicine award was the first nobel prize to be announced this year. >>> hugo chavez has won six more years as president of venezuela. the socialist chavez overcame a challenge from a moderate candidate. more than 80% of eligible voters went to the polls and thousands living abroadcast ballots at diplomatic offices including the consulate in new orleans
Oct 8, 2012 4:00am PDT
to two scientists sharing the prize, john gurdon and japan's shinya yamanaka won for stem cell research, discovered that mature specialized cells can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all other tissue cells. congratulations to them. >>> the obama campaign is launching attack ad in virginia slamming mitt romney's foreign policy credentials ahead of romney's speech on foreign policy this morning. the obama camp claims romney's overseas trips have been reckless and amateurish. >>> the bronx bombers bats woke up in the ninth. the yankees scored five runs in the final frame to beat the orioles. take a 1-0 lead in the division series. in the national league the cincinnati reds are one win away from playing the pennant. crushed the giants behind pitcher bronson arroyo. he gave up just a sill hit in seven innings. >> anything -- >> won the world series in 2004 and 2007 -- >> just has to work it in, no matter what. what about the red sox? >> won in 2004 and 2007. >> so long ago. >> i know. >> 2004. >> yeah. i think i had 16 children in between them. >> come on.
Oct 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
the nobel prize in physiology of medicine. japan's shinya yamanaka shares the honor with britain's john b. gurdon. both discovered specialized cells that make up the body. >> the nobel assembly has today decided to award the nobel prize in physiology or medicine 2012 jointly to john b. gurdon and shinya yamanaka. >> the nobel assembly in stockholm, sweden, made the announcement monday. yamanaka is 50 years old. he's a professor at kyoto university. he established the method to produce a new type of cells called induced pluripotent stem cells, or isp. they're capable of becoming specialized cells which can be used to create tissue for neurons and heart muscle. john b. gurdon was the first one to discover that it might contain all the information found in an organism in 1962. 40 years later, yamanaka confirmed and expanded on gurdon's thesis. professor yamanaka spoke about his nobel prize win at kyoto university. >> translator: i am very happy about receiving this prize. but at the same time, i feel a great sense of responsibility. ips is a new technology, and it has a lot of potential in t